Search results for: Professional learning communities
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This article reports on an initial study of a professional learning community (PLC) of educators who are investigating mobile devices in their teaching. The research examined two conjectures: firstly, that a professional learning community would enrich understanding of teaching with mobile technologies; and secondly, that these technologies would enhance teaching. The findings indicate that progress towards an enriched engagement with m-learning may be promoted by the establishment of a PLC. The existing professional relationships facilitated community formation and enhanced the sense of commitment, risk-taking, shared responsibility and purpose. In addition, the results also indicate the contribution of mobile learning to teaching.
Updated: Aug. 06, 2014
The Professional Learning Community as Subversive Activity: Countering the Culture of Conventional Schooling
The objective for this study was to gain new knowledge about the experience of teachers in the early stage of professional learning community (PLC) development. This study reports findings from semi-structured focus group interviews with teachers in an urban/suburban high school after one year of school-wide professional development introducing the PLC as a school-wide practice. The authors conclude that The authors claim that as long as PLC work is perceived by teachers as a professional development option that they may choose to embrace or ignore, then systemwide change is unlikely to occur. The authors suggest that by establishing an urgent cause, the leader may then offer assistance to the staff in addressing the problem in the form of an initiative to cultivate collaborative reflective practice with the goal of transforming the school into a PLC.
Updated: Feb. 04, 2014
Learning From Success as Leverage for a Professional Learning Community: Exploring an Alternative Perspective of School Improvement Process
This case study examined the evolving stages of a collective learning-from-success process at one comprehensive (middle and secondary) public school that participated in a national program aiming to foster ongoing collective professional learning. Data revealed that this collective process moved through three distinct stages: invitation and framework building; collective inquiry into colleagues’ professional successes; and experimentation and dissemination. This study reinterprets the professional learning community to include the collective learning-from-success process, thus providing a new outlook for linking concepts with practical capabilities in light of public school reality.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
The Role of 'Accomplished Teachers' in Professional Learning Communities: Uncovering Practice and Enabling Leadership
This article describes the signature role played by accomplished, experienced teachers in professional learning communities, and the importance that these practitioners make their teaching public and shared. In so doing, the authors describe how accomplished practices can be shared between classrooms and between practitioners with varying levels of experience. The authors examine five different examples, three from programs developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and two studies done on and with the National Writing Project. The authors conclude that robust, lasting professional development must begin with what teachers know and do, effecting educational reform from within the classroom.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2009
This article presents a theoretical model of lesson study, an approach to instructional improvement that originated in Japan. The model suggests that development of teachers’ knowledge and professional community (not just improved lesson plans) are instructional improvement mechanisms within lesson study. The theoretical model is used to explore the “auditable trail” of data from a North American lesson study case. The authors argue that the case provides an “existence proof” of the potential effectiveness of lesson study outside Japan.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2009
Doing More With Less: Teacher Professional Learning Communities in Resource-Constrained Primary Schools in Rural China
This article explores the nature and varying forms of professional learning communities in rural Gansu, one of China’s poorest provinces, in northwest China. The authors use qualitative and quantitative data. They draw on survey data collected in primary schools serving 71 villages in rural Gansu Province as well as transcripts from in-depth interviews with 30 teachers. The findings suggest that engagement in professional learning communities is associated with strong leadership of the principal, policy reforms and the initiative of teachers themselves.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2009
Leading Professional Learning in An Australian Secondary School through School-University Partnerships
As the limitations of one-off and disconnected professional learning programs for teachers are recognized, there is widespread interest in building learning communities and professional learning teams within schools. When considering how to build local learning communities, school and university partnerships are seen as offering rich possibilities for transformative professional action.
Updated: Feb. 02, 2009
A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities
In this research, a group of 12 professional development providers deliberately set out to use the same processes and structures in their development and implementation of a PD model. The research examines what this group learned about fostering and sustaining a culture of collaborative inquiry and considers how this can inform PD providers’ support of teachers’ engagement in a collaborative inquiry cycle. The findings inform the support of teachers undertaking collaborative inquiry for professional growth.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2008
A review of research on the impact of professional learning communities on teaching practice and student learning
A review of the impact of professional learning communities (PLCs) on teaching practices and student learning was the subject of ten American studies and one English study. Collective results of the studies suggested that well developed PLCs have positive impact on both teaching practice and student achievement.
Updated: Feb. 05, 2008
The article discusses a partnership between schools and the arts, with the goal of animating the national curriculum and enriching school life. The study followed two primary school teachers and two artists who planned and produced an inventive children picture book. Findings of the study reveal that the success of the program depends on the focus on the students' learning, the adults' commitment to the work, the different expertise the adults came to share, and the excitement and engagement of the adults which contributed to meaningful language learning opportunities for the children involved.
Updated: Jan. 22, 2008